Glenys Barton

(born 1945)
Glenys Barton Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, born 1950. Lawyer and Politician 1997 © GLENYS BARTON, COURTESY OF FLOWERS EAST, LONDON

Biography

The sculptor Glenys Barton was born in Stoke-on-Trent, once the thriving centre of china manufacture in Britain. After working as a teacher for some years, Barton studied at the Royal College of Art from 1968 to 71 where, amongst other influences, she cites the importance of Eduardo Paolozzi, then in the ceramics department. Her work is centred on the human form, the head in particular, and she is best known for her unsettling ceramic portrait busts. She has executed several important commissions for the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.